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Stitch of the Week 3: Tunisian Knit Stitch

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    Stitch of the Week 3: Tunisian Knit Stitch

    Hello everyone! It's our 3rd "Stitch of the Week" with the Tunisian Knit Stitch!

    A video tutorial for TKS is available from CrochetKim HERE.
    And another from HappyBerry Crochet HERE.


    The Tunisian knit stitch, or TKS, really looks like knitting on the surface, but it creates a thicker fabric because the return pass sits at the back of the work and adds considerable heft. Working from front to back between the vertical bars opens the stitch to create V shapes similar to knitting stockinette. The TKS is prone to curl quite a bit. You may need to go up a hook size or lessen your tension and always block the finished project.

    I know it's always nice to have the video tutorial, however, you should also have the resources to read a written pattern as well. Below is the written instructions for TKS:

    Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:
    • Create a chain (later we'll explore different cast ons)
    • (1) Insert your hook into the back bump of second chain from the hook.
    • (2) Yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave that loop on your hook.
    • Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your "Forward Pass". Don't turn your work.
    • Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.
    Those steps create your foundation row. You'll see your vertical bars across the row and proceed to make different types of stitches in the remaining rows of the work.

    TKS with a single ended hook.

    Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) is worked between the vertical bars.
    • Forward Pass - Insert your hook from front to back between the vertical bars of the next stitch.
    • Draw up a loop. Leave it on your hook. Repeat across the row to the last vertical bar before the left edge.
    • Last stitch of the forward pass - insert your hook under both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and pull up a loop.
    • Return Pass - Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.
    Continue making Forward & Return passes to your desired length.

    Bind off row.

    There are only a few times when the bind off isn’t necessary. It typically isn't needed for most lace designs since that would close up an otherwise lacy project.
    • Binding off starts just as you would any other row. Insert your hook as you would for TKS.
    • Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue pulling through the loop on the hook. You're only doing a slip stitch, just like any other slip stitch in regular crochet. Repeat across the row to the last stitch.
    • Last stitch - insert your hook under both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and finish the slip stitch. Chain 1, cut the yarn and pull through the loop to fasten off.


    TKS with a double ended hook. - Working in the round

    Using a double ended hook produces the same stitch definition as working flat with a single ended hook, but gives you the ability to work in the round. TKS in the round produces a thick fabric for hats, mittens & sweaters.

    We'll explore double ended stitching in another session.

    Below are some examples of TKS. See the photo captions for descriptions.


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    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD -8/YTD -650 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 45/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

    #2
    Free Patterns

    Knit-Alike Tunisian Crochet Scarf (Video)
    Tunisian Spiral Shawl (Video)
    Knit Stitch Mittens (Video)
    Knit Stitch Purse (Video)
    Basic Tks Hat
    Tunisian knit headband

    Block Pattern Suggestion
    1. Ch 30
    2. Pull up a loop in each back bump of the chain starting with the 2nd ch from the hook (30 loops)
    3. Basic Return Pass
    4. Work 1 row TPS & Return Pass
    5. TPS in next st, TSS x26, TPS, TSS in last st. - Return Pass
    6. Repeat row 5 until block measures 5-3/4"
    7. Work Bind off row in TPS

    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD -8/YTD -650 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 45/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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      #3
      Woo Hoo another new stitch. Can't wait to try. Thanks.

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        #4
        Yay! Our next pattern! I will be trying this... as soon as I get some coffee
        Knitting is happening here! ❤️

        Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +27; YTD -246

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          #5
          I had fun with this one!!

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          • DJM
            DJM commented
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            Thank you both. I found this stitch to work up quickly.

          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl commented
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            Oh my goodness! Look at you go! It's a beauty!

          • Kathy7661
            Kathy7661 commented
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            Very nice! I’m enjoying this stitch too.

          #6
          My TKS square is done. I found this one quite enjoyable to do.
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          • MrsDanielleWilson
            MrsDanielleWilson commented
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            Very pretty. I love speckled yarn on white bases there’s so much fun to them

          • Char
            Char commented
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            I love it! I am gaining a new attraction to sparkles. :-)

          • Kathy7661
            Kathy7661 commented
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            Thanks everyone! 😊

          #7
          Here’s my TKS, the color is actually light blue, but we have a lot of clouds and I couldn’t get a true color. It was smaller than my others, I think I should have gone to a larger hook. Probably a little over-stretched and steamed.

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          Kathie from Indiana

          2020 Stashbuster: WTD - 6, YTD + 174

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          • pinesprairie
            pinesprairie commented
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            I think it looks good. This has me wondering though. If you can "see through" it, does that mean we're using a hook that is too big? I noticed this on my practice square last week and thought maybe I'd gone up one too many hook sizes. How does one know if you have it right?

          • knitter131
            knitter131 commented
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            I think the holes are there because it was too small and I needed to stretch to size. I think I’m not happy with it and I will try again with another size larger hook. Ho hum. At least I’ve learned the stitch and I can do it easily now. I still need to do my foundation chains and slip,stitches I with a hook that’s two sizes smaller.

          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl commented
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            I agree, it looks over blocked. TKS stitches should be close together. A larger hook possibly or cast-on more stitches and adjust for it when you join blocks together.

          #8
          I finished week three as well!

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          Knitting is happening here! ❤️

          Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +27; YTD -246

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          • DJM
            DJM commented
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            Awesome!!

          • pinesprairie
            pinesprairie commented
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            Wow, these are nice! Y'all are picking up speed making these! I'm going to fall behind for sure. But I will get there....

          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl commented
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            Nice work my dear!

          #9
          My first TKS is complete. There's a glaring error Click image for larger version

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          Natalie from Oklahoma

          "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." MLK
          Stashbuster MAL 2020 YTD +45 WTD +2

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          • Kathy7661
            Kathy7661 commented
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            Very nice!

          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl commented
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            Very pretty! That little "creative design change" will be a memory nudge.

          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses commented
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            Thanks y'all. I tend to make strips instead of squares because I love the look of block designs but I'm too lazy to do all that joining! 🤣

          #10
          🎵Love is in the air Everything I see right there, love is in the air🎵

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          • Char
            Char commented
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            Do de do de do de do.... cuz I can’t sing, I’ll do de dooooo

          #11
          I guess I can't see today, I keep thinking I'm in the comments and am not! Sorry everyone!

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          • Char
            Char commented
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            Lol - it is all good dear. :-)

          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses commented
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            I've done that more than once. Lol

          #12
          So, I did another TKS and I’m much happier with the look of this one. I can’t believe how large of a hook I’m using, but whatever works. Still can’t get a good color, this is light blue 🥴


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          Kathie from Indiana

          2020 Stashbuster: WTD - 6, YTD + 174

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          • DJM
            DJM commented
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            So pretty!!

          • pinesprairie
            pinesprairie commented
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            Nice! I can really see the difference with the bigger hook. Maybe I need to go bigger instead of smaller. Hmmm.

          • knitter131
            knitter131 commented
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            Thanks, everyone!

          #13
          Decided to add stripes to my second TKS block.
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          Natalie from Oklahoma

          "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." MLK
          Stashbuster MAL 2020 YTD +45 WTD +2

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          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses commented
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            Thanks y'all. I think in future I might go up a needle size and pick up one less stitch when using two colors as it seems to make it a bit denser. But I do like the stripes. 😁

          • hereami
            hereami commented
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            great work.
            Did you carry the non working yarn across with the working color? Or just leave it on the end and picked it up later?
            I have been a bit distracted and haven't started on my block this week. Hope to work on it soon.

          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses commented
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            hereami I just carried it up the side. I changed colors at the end where you have all the stitches on the hook. I also toyed around with changing colors at the other end but that's a whole different effect.
            Last edited by KnitsWithHorses; 09-09-2020, 10:22 PM.

          #14
          Something iffy happened in the middle there but oh well! Loved this week super meditative to work on!
          Attached Files

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          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl commented
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            Very nice!

          • MrsDanielleWilson
            MrsDanielleWilson commented
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            Thank you all. Excited to move on to the next weeks

          • Kathy7661
            Kathy7661 commented
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            Nicely done!

          #15
          a bit late. I did finish this on time...just delay in posting.
          Although I love working the stitch, I couldn't manage to get it to be exactly the same size as the others. I am leaving this for now. I have a feeling I will have a similar problem with other stitch squares.

          My yarn is white, the block lays flat. The smokey air is causing the light coming thru the blinds to be orange-ish and is giving the illusion of multiple colors and of a ripple effect to my work.
          On to block 4.

          Btw...I loved seeing everyone's work. And thank you for the pattern ideas.

          Reason for Edit... I attached the wrong photo. This is the correct photo. Sorry everyone.
          Attached Files
          Book Challenge 38/50
          2020 stash busting WTD. 2 YTD. 27

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          • DJM
            DJM commented
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            We this group you will never be late. I also love seeing everyone's work and especially the color choices. Well done with your square.

          • TeaNSugar
            TeaNSugar commented
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            I have the same challenge whenever I attempt crochet squares. I will see how it goes when I attempt my first Tunisian square soon.

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